I have been an OB RN for 2.5 years, now I have started midwifery school (part time) and think the IBCLC would be a nice addition to my nursing practice and as an APN in a few years.
I have been looking at Pathway 1, since I work with lactation in a clinical setting (PP and nursery for the first 1.5yrs and more recently low-risk labor as well). I think I will be okay on the 1,000 hours of breastfeeding assistance before I take the IBCLC exam in 2013 or 2014, and obviously the Gen Ed is taken care of with a nursing degree but does anyone have recommendations on getting 'distance'/online lactation hours? I took a lactation counselor class as an elective with my bsn, but if I can count those hours at all they still will not total the 90 hrs of lactation. Of course, as a student I wish to keep the costs of review courses as low as possible while still reviewing the 'blueprint' material.
So I guess in a nut shell my questions are:
1) Does anyone recommend a course for online blueprint review?
2) About how much is the IBCLC exam? (it is not yet posted for 2013)
3) Is the exam very difficult for a PP RN?
4) Would an IBCLC be beneficial for a CNM?
Answers or comments to any or all would be amazing. Thank you, I know this is a very specific topic.
Here is the IBCLC pathways info for anyone interested:
BreastEd by Health e-learning is lead in the running of courses I have found (but still a little expensive, I may pick 3-5 I think are most beneficial):